Sunday, November 30, 2008
The Historic election of President Elect Barack Obama is a dream come true. The Dream of so many African American leaders through out the course of history. Many people believe that his Victory is the embodiment of Martin Luther King's dream. I agree, but before King this was the dream of another Great African American Leader: W.E.B. DuBois.
Arguably the Greatest African American of his time, W.E.B. DuBois was the FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN to gain a PhD from Harvard. Co Founder of the NAACP, DuBois lead the fight for Civil Rights, and Social Equality in every walk of life. He believed that the only thing holding back most African Americans was White Prejudice. His FIGHT was to put an end to Racism and Social Inequality. He is regarded as one of the brightest men of his era.
He rejected the notion that African American were inferior and in fact he himself proved that we weren't inferior by his many accomplishments. He challenged African Americans to get an Education. He believed as did Booker T. Washington that education was the TRUE EQUALIZER. They differed about what do with the education once you got it. Booker T. Washington believed that education was important in the sense that we had to prove to Whites that we had the ability to do the same jobs they were doing through hard work and determination.
W.E.B. DuBois argued that we should take our education and use it as a tool to advance Civil Rights, political and social issues such as equal rights and the end to Jim Crow laws put in place after Reconstruction. He believed that the "Talented Tenth" of the African American population (those educated African American Elite) had a obligation to see to the advancement of the African American Community as a whole including social reform and seeking political offices. He believed that The Talented Tenth should be Vocal Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.
Barack Obama is one of those Talented Tenth. Also a Harvard Grad, Barack Obama was the First African American President of the Law Review a very huge accomplishment. Like DuBois, Obama inspires and urges African Americans to get a education and to be active in their communities. W.E.B. DuBois would have been very proud of Barack Obama. Although we as a people still have a long way to go having Barack Obama as a True Leader that we all can look up will only speed up that process.
Martin Luthur King Jr. wrote of DuBois, "History cannot ignore W.E.B. DuBois because history has to reflect truth and Dr. DuBois was a tireless explorer and a gifted discoverer of social truths. His singular greatness lay in his quest for truth about his own people. There were very few scholars who concerned themselves with honest study of the black man and he sought to fill this immense void. The degree to which he succeeded disclosed the great dimensions of the man."
Posted by Anthony D. Hall at 8:53 AM
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The current economic situation has every politician and economist pulling out there hair and spending a lot of long late nights trying to figure out what is the best solution. At first all the economist where saying that if we didn't pass this bailout for the financial industry that the whole economy would fold up and collapse. Well they passed it and things really haven't changed much. It didn't give anyone any more confidence in the economy plus it puts us in deeper debt. Republicans who are suppose to be for "Small Government" have just increased the size of government.
Now the idea of a bailout isn't totally a bad idea, I just don't like the way they are going about it. Financial Institutions don't produce any tangible goods. They only sell PAPER. Giving them more money really doesn't help create jobs. And it doesn't necessarily mean that they will start lending money again. The problem with the bailout is easily summed up in this analogy. Pretend you are a recovering drug addict the last thing you need to be around are drugs. So if someone kept giving you drugs you would more than likely abuse them. It is the same way with bail out. George BUSH was right when he said that "Wall Street got DRUNK" but now we are paying the price. We can't continue to give money to companies that are failing just to keep them from failing. They are failing for a reason. They have ran their companies into the ground. If you want talk about capitalism and socialism well this bail out is the biggest example of Socialism that I can think of. I am oppose to the notion that banks don't have enough money to lend money. PLEASE! I think the whole thing was a little bit overstated. They are just taking advantage of the situation.
Now the Auto Industry wants a handout. I don't want to see millions of people lose their jobs. But I don't want the UNIONS to continue to have a strangle hold on Manufacturing in the North East. I know that at one time Unions served a really good purpose. But now their time has passed. They need to have a far less significant role in the Auto Industry. The need to renegotiate there contracts. It is crazy for someone to make 25 dollars an hour sweeping floors, when there are people with 4 Year degrees that don't even make that much. We have to get control of labor cost. Unskilled and uneducated labor shouldn't be able to make more than someone who busted their ASS and got a education just because they are a member of a UNION. I don't want to blame this totally on the unions. FORD, GM, Chrysler all had a role to play in the demise of the auto industry. They should pay a price. They under estimated the strength of there competition. Toyota, Nissan, and many other foreign owned and operated Auto companies are out performing the Big 3. They are using simple economics to do it. They are controlling their cost allowing them to have a slightly higher profit margin. They can sell a car for the same price as FORD, GM, Chrysler but are making more money on the sell be cost of the lower cost of manufacturing. At this rate the Big 3 will go out of business. Do they need help? Yes! Should we give them a blank check? NO! They have to promise to make MAJOR CHANGES IN THE WAY THEY DO BUSINESS OR THEY WILL BE OUT OF BUSINESS. It is in their best interest to do everything in their power to stay afloat.
To make a long story short Yes we should help Ford, GM, Chrysler if we are going to help the Financial Institutions. But we can't give anyone of them a blank check. We need oversight. If we are going to invest in companies that sell PAPER and IOUs, we should invest in companies that manufacture goods and create jobs.
Posted by Anthony D. Hall at 4:10 AM
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Isn't is refreshing to know that we have a man in the White House that truly cares about the American People and has our best interest in mind. Over the last 8 years we have had a president that has always catered to the Rich and Wealthy. Now we have a President Elect that will look after the Poor and The Middle Class. Just the other day BUSH said that we shouldn't give up on FREE TRADE.
Why? Free Trade has contributed to sending millions of Jobs overseas. It is time to give up on some elements of free trade. We can't give tax breaks to companies that GO OVERSEAS! That has to end. We can allow CHEAP CHINESE GOODS to continue to come in to this country while we can't sell our goods in China as easily as they can sell their goods here. Barack Obama has a strategy that will work. We just have to continue to support him.
Posted by Anthony D. Hall at 1:05 PM
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
“ Throughout the nation men and women, forgotten in the political philosophy of the Government, look to us here for guidance and for more equitable opportunity to share in the distribution of national wealth… I pledge myself to a New Deal for the American people. This is more than a political campaign. It is a call to arms. ”Franklin Roosevelt (1932)
FDR was President of the United States during a Time when the American People Needed their Government more than they ever had before. It was a time of serious, economic and financial crisis. Almost every industrial and business sector was affected. The Dollar was almost worthless. Unemployment was over 25%. People could barely afford the basic necessities. The American People were hurting and FDR felt their pain and provided STRONG PROGRESSIVE SOLUTIONS TO THEIR PROBLEMS. He didn't just give speeches he had answers. THE NEW DEAL!
He rejected the Idea of Small Government, and Deregulation. He rejected the Idea of Cutting Taxes for BIG BUSINESS, which only increases the burden for the middle class. He rejected the Idea of the Rich Getting Richer and the Poor Staying Poor. He rejected the Idea that only those who could afford Health Care were the ones who deserved it. He rejected the Idea that Government isn't suppose to solve problems. He rejected the Idea that Big Business should operate anyway the want without Government Oversight. He Rejected Conservative Ideas that got us into the Depression.
He understood that Government does have a role to play and it should have a positive, meaningful, progressive affect on the country. What is the Job of our Government? I sometimes ask myself to the Republican actually know what Governments role is.
For years the Republican Party has said they are for Small Government, Less Taxes and Putting a end to the So Called "Welfare State" created by FDR in the 30's. They have considered the New Deal as a RAW DEAL! They have fought against the New Deal ever since it was started. The truth is over the last 60 years since World War II we have been redistributing the Wealth. We have been taking it from the POOR and giving it to the RICH.
In fact most of the New Deal programs had ended during World War II. The Republican Conservative Coalition put a end to many of the banking reform laws, emergency relief programs, and work relief programs. The ones they didn't STOP in the 40's and 50's they managed to eliminate in the 70's and 80's. But many programs and policies remain, including the repeal of Prohibition, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Social Security System and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The Republican Party is on the wrong side of history again. Can someone actually explain to how "Small Government" actually helps working class citizens? Can someone tell me how cutting Government Social Programs and Decreasing Government Revenue actually help working class citizens? These are all policies that the GOP embrace. Why? Because the GOP is for Big Government! These policies that I just mentioned only help BIG BUSINESS. Yet they continue to support these failed Ideas! It is clear that after this election the Majority of the People have rejected Conservative ideas and policies. They have made up their mind that Progressive ideas and policies are what is best for this county. All you have to do is examine history. Learn form the mistakes me made in the 1920's, and examine the Progressive Steps FDR took to clean of the mess that conservatives made.
Posted by Anthony D. Hall at 9:29 AM
Sunday, November 9, 2008
A lot has been written about the Bush Administration over the last 8years. Many have questioned his response after 911, the War in Iraq, and Afghanistan. His economic policy Less Taxes for the Rich and Less Jobs for the Middle Class. Free Trade Policies that make it easier to ship jobs overseas, thus threatening our economy and killing job growth. His total lack of concern for the poor and disenfranchised. His no child left behind policy left thousands behind because of the lack of funding. His out right denial to give funding to states and local governments that have been picking up the slack for the Administration mistakes. And lets makes no mistake about it this Administrations has placed this country on the brink of another World War, another Great Depression, and at the Very Least another Cold War With Russia. Just how have we fallen so far so fast in just a short period of 8years? How have we allowed this countries economy to be on the verge of collapse and be bogged down into Long Wars? The answer is clear. Our FOREIGN POLICY OVER THE LAST 8 YEARS WAS A JOKE, TO PUT IT QUITE FRANKLY!
It is clear the last 8years have been hell. Just imagine 4 more just like it. WOW! I am glad we chose President Elect Barack Obama. But the single biggest mistake was the notion of unilateralism. The Idea that U.S. doesn't need other countries to get things done in the world. The "Go It Alone" strategy. The BUSH DOCTRINE OF UNILATERAL, PREEMPTIVE WAR against anyone at anytime. The Great Woodrow Wilson was an Isolationist. He really didn't want to get involved in World Affairs. When World War I happened he did everything in his power to keep the United States form entering the War. When it was clear that war was inevitable he decided that he would PUSH for a League of Nations that would work to promote World Peace to keep something like another World War from happening. The Opposition Party at the Time (Republicans) were totally against it. Woodrow Wilson had a stroke and didn't have the energy to fight for the League of Nations. His dream failed.
The Leaders around the World all were in favor of the League of Nations. The only one that opposed was the United States. How Ironic. If the League of Nations would have been passed many believe that World War II would have NEVER HAPPENED. Another Democrat (FDR) had the vision to realize that Woodrow Wilson was right and something like a League of Nations was needed. With FDR, Winston Churchill, and Joesph Stalin, the United Nations was passed. You see we LEAD THAT EFFORT. Stalin wasn't really in favor of it but we convinced him to go along with it.
But My point is we need the other nations in the world. We can't just sit out here on a Island and do our own thing. The Rest of the World isn't going to wait for ever for us to lead. Soon they will grow tired and look for that Leadership somewhere else. Could it be China? Could It be The European Union? Could it be Russia? IT HAS TO BE US! IT NEEDS TO BE US! We are the only nation that has what it takes to lead the world in these very difficult times. Never since World War II has our leadership been need more in the world. We can't allow the agents of intolerance to succeed in further dividing this great country and the world. Unity is what is needed now.
There are clear and well defined challenges that President Elect Barack Obama will face on January 20. Russia, Venezuela, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, Cuba. Not to mention our Foreign Trade Policy it needs SERIOUS OVERHAUL IN ORDER TO PROTECT OUR ECONOMY. We have some very serious situations to deal with. Thank God we have a man that can deal with world leaders instead of THREATEN AND INTIMIDATE WORLD LEADERS.
I don't see one issue that is out there that President Elect Barack Obama isn't capable of dealing with. He has the temperament to handle any situation. As for Russia. He should meet FACE TO FACE with the Russia President Dimitri Medevedev, IMMEDIATELY! I don't believe the Missile defense Program that BUSH wanted was a good idea and I wouldn't risk worsening relations with Russia to get it don't. I don't believe it is something that President Elect Barack Obama will fight him over or should waist time fighting him over. We should be clear to Medevedev that we don't want him in the Western Hemisphere in exchange for us dropping the Missile Defense. Right Now Russia, China, Iran, and Venezuela are doing a lot of back door dealing. I don't like. It is smart for them to do so, but it really isn't in our best interest for them to be so close. We need to be in the middle of the talks and get a idea of what is going on. I am tired of having so many enemies lets have PEACE.
Diplomacy is about give and take. Negotiations are about give and take. We shouldn't put PRE CONDITIONS on anyone. We hear their side, and they hear our side. We find out what they are willing to give up. They find out what we are willing to give up. We don't hold all the cards we shouldn't act like we do. We don't need to come to the table in a position of weakness but we can't act like KING KONG either. We are not nearly as strong in the World as we once were. We need to RE-Build Our World Reputation. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin, didn't agree on much. But all three agreed that for this World to have peace that it started with them. The Three Most Powerful men in the world. If they couldn't come together just imagine the world now. You think things are bad now. They had way more serious issues to address and they did it by working together. Diplomacy.
FDR, Churchill needed Stalin. Together they made Woodrow Wilson's dream a reality. My vision is for World Leaders to come together in the same way that the Founders of the United Nations intended, not to plan wars, and more wars but to plan Peace. Barack Obama can do just that.
Posted by Anthony D. Hall at 9:24 AM
Saturday, November 8, 2008
If I had the privilege to serve our 44Th President I would remind him that this country is in pain right now. We can't forget about what Governments main Job should be to Protect the People of the United States. Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness, Protecting the American Dream.
My advice is real simple. All Barack Obama needs to do is "Stick To His Promises" to push Strong Progressive Policies. He needs to involve the opposition party (Republicans) somewhat but he doesn't have to do what they say. President Elect Barack Obama Needs To Lead From The Center Left. This Election Proves that this Country is a Center Left Country. If the Republicans don't want to cooperate with him all he has to do is call them Out PUBLICLY BY NAME and let the American People know who are the one's opposing Progress and why.
He has won a clear Mandate from the American People to do what he feels is necessary to fix this country. If the Republicans don't want to play they can sit on the side-lines and let the Democratic Party clean up George Bushes MESS.
First order of Business should be the Economy. The Country needs another Economic Stimulus Plan, but much bigger than the one Bush got passed. This is the single biggest issue he will face as soon as he is sworn in as President. He has almost enough votes necessary to get what he wants done.
Next He needs to address the Trade Balance. We are Importing more goods than we are exporting. We Need to eliminate Trade Deals that HURT JOB GROWTH IN AMERICA. Protecting our economy and making it harder for Companies to send Jobs overseas should be near the top of his to do list. Third, ENDING THE WAR IN IRAQ. We are spending 10 Billions dollars a month in Iraq. That money could go to other programs. Barack Obama was elected mainly because so many people are against this war and want it to come to a end. The People believe That Barack Obama was the only candidate that was SERIOUS about ending the WAR.
Last of all Barack Needs to Re-Build our reputation around the world. The World is watching and waiting for the U.S. To LEAD. To do that we don't need to bully people to do what we want. We should lead by example. We should show the world what REAL Leadership is. But we have to communicate to them that we can't do it without them. John McCain would have been a good President. I really believe that. But Barack Obama will be a GREAT PRESIDENT! And that is what this Country needs right now.
Posted by Anthony D. Hall at 9:10 AM
Friday, November 7, 2008
Barack Obama has won the State of North Carolina. It is a very important moment in World History. This means that Barack Obama carries two of the biggest Southern States, Virginia, and North Carolina. This Means that Barack Obama has a mandate from the American People. He doesn't have to PLAY TO THE MIDDLE OR THE RIGHT! He can pass Strong Progressive Policies because that is what the VAST Majority of the people want. The days of Democrats being Bully by the Conservative Right is over.
The Congressional Conservatives need to KNOW THEIR ROLE! Because if they misplay their hand they could find themselves in a even bigger hole in 2010, and 2012. I am not saying this to be funny this is the truth. I never believed that the country was CENTER RIGHT! I always believed that the Country was CENTER LEFT. We just allowed the NEOCONS to decieve us into believing that their way was the best way. Most of the Country were like sheep and blindly followed them. This election has opened everyones eyes. We all know now what the NeoCON Party was all about. The question is what are they going to do to recover from this defeat.
Posted by Anthony D. Hall at 3:40 AM
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Barack Obama has won the 2008 Presidential Election. I can't believe it. I have always thought that it was possible but until it happened I just wouldn't let myself believe. Even with Barack Obama leading in almost all the polls I still wouldn't let myself believe. Will somebody pinch me!!!!
The Obama Campaign had ran a near Perfect Campaign. He challenged John McCain in almost every battleground state. He never bought into the notion that there were Red States, or Blue States. His campaign honesty believed that they could compete and they would compete. They had a better Idea of where the country was at than John McCain. John McCain's vision of America is just that a vision. It wasn't reality. Barack Obama had a pretty good Idea that the American People was ready for Change.
This is the Biggest election in WORLD HISTORY! This Election Proves that anything is possible. Barack Obama has promised to bridge the Racial Divide. His Leadership is what this Country needs at this time in our history.
Now we must continue to STAY INVOLVED IN POLITICS AT ALL LEVELS. We must take this mandate and use it a tool to get very important legislation passed that will improve all of our lives. I will continue to be the Liberal Voice in my community! I will continue to show people what a Strong African American Man is and What I am about! We must continue to change the political map. This is a huge victory for the Progressive Movement. I am so excited about where this country is going and about the opportunity that we have to really change this country.
Barack Obama has empowered us all to act. We must act. We can't just be happy with this victory. We must seize the moment. Barack CAN'T DO IT ALONE. He needs STRONG FOLLOWERS BE HIND HIM. I will be one of those followers and I hope to lead others so WE CAN BRING ABOUT THE CHANGE THAT BARACK OBAMA PROMISES.
Posted by Anthony D. Hall at 10:02 PM
Sunday, November 2, 2008
My fight is against The Lenoir County, NC Republican Parties Ballot Measure to Lie, Cheat, and STEAL City Government Positions through the Non-Partisan Elections City Charter Amendment.
All across the Country the Republican Party are facing the possibility of Huge losses on every political level. As a last resort to Obtain Power a local Republican Politician from Lenoir County, Former NC House District 10 Rep. Stephen LaRoque has gained enough signed petitions so that he could place a City Charter Amendment Referendum on the Ballot.
LaRoque himself acknowledge that Kinston has been dominated by Democrats in a quote on the Lenoir County GOP website (http://lenoirgop.com/mambo/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=56&Itemid=37 ). This Amendment would END Partisan Elections for the City Council and Mayor.
His Desire is to nullify the Power of Democratic Majority. The City is MAJORITY DEMOCRAT. The City has a Democrat as the Mayor and a Majority Democratic City Council. The Republicans feel that if they continue to run as REPUBLICANS they will continue to lose. The Only way for them to win any seats is to run as independent which calls for you to run a successful petition drive to have your name placed on the ballot or to make it where Party Affiliation isn't required to show on the Ballot. He is a Smart and Devious Politician who will stop at nothing to GAIN POWER.
This is a VERY DIRTY TRICK. Most Democrats in this City would never vote for a Republican under any circumstance. Former NC Rep Laroque knows this. I believe LaRoque is positioning himself for a Run at the Mayors Office in the event that he Loses his run for NC House District 10 against incumbent Van Braxton a Democrat. He knows that being a Republican he would never win the office of Mayor of Kinston, due Kinstons large Democrat Majority.
Braxton took his seat 2 years ago and is poised to hold on to his seat this year. They would rather Deceive the Public than just switch their Party affiliation. You see what they are banking on is that Most people don't really know what most of the candidates for a lot of Low level offices stand for because most of them don't run ads or campaign at all. ALL THEY KNOW IS THAT PERSON IS DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN. Most people have a very good Idea of what being a Democrat or a Republican is. So even if you don't know that person or what he or she may stand for by have Democrat or Republican beside their name you at least know that they support most of what the Democratic or Republican Platform stands for. Plus getting rid of Partisan Elections would end the Local Primary Election Process. Meaning that anyone would be able to just put their name on the ballot. The Republicans are hoping that if they run enough Republicans for a particular seat that their odds of winning the seat would increase.
For years the Republican Party has seen their grip on power in the city decrease. People all over the country have REJECTED REPUBLICAN RULE. Their Failed Ideas and Policies have left this country in ruin. Through it all the American People have pressed on in the face of a Economy in Recession and our Position in the World diminished. We can't allow the Republican Political Strategist to Lie, Cheat & STEAL more and more Offices Big, or Small.
I will be at 3 Voting Precincts passing out fliers telling Voters to Vote NO on the Non-Partisan Ballot Referendum.
I strongly suggest that the entire Progressive Movement find a Ballot Measure in your home town, city, county or state and fight for Strong Progressive Ideas.(http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/results/ballot.measures/) Lets defend Democracy and Take our Country Back.
Posted by Anthony D. Hall at 12:37 PM